Primate Quest: Food, Brains and Evolution is a public interactive exhibit based on new research from NYU’s Primatology Lab. Visitors find out their primate identity by exploring how diet relates to brain size.
This project was created with my amazing group members Vidia Anindhita, Ella Chung, and Haiyi Huang for a class at ITP at NYU called Playful Communication of Serious Research. The goal of the class is for graduate students to create an exhibit about new NYU research.
Role: Co-creator, concept development, scripting, wireframing, UX/UI, original graphics and assets, coding, fabrication.
How It Works
Exhibition wall text introduces new research that primate brain size relates to diet but not sociality.
The Brain Interactive lets visitors guess which diets are related to smaller or larger brain sizes. Exhibition wall text introduces new research that primate brain size relates to diet but not sociality.
Stage 1 – Conceptual Package
Our group proposed our Conceptual Package to the class (you can read it here). This included sketches, diagrams, and existing imagery to help convey the form and feeling of our ideas. It also described the message, audience and form factors of the project.
We selected our researcher, Alex DeCasien, a PhD student at NYU’s Primatology Lab. Her research linking primate brain size to diet sounded interesting! Primates, brains, and food … can’t go wrong!